StEP Initiative Executive Officer

Job
from United Nations University
Closing date: 23 Jun 2017

United Nations University:
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States. For more information, please visit : http://unu.edu.
The United Nations University Vice-Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE):
UNU-ViE concentrates on relationships between advancing science and technology for human security. In addition to its scientific core mandate, it administers the central units providing service to UNU entities in Bonn. The central administration units include Finance, Human Resources, Information Communication Technology, Communication Services, Procurement and General Administration. These units also assist with the administration of new UNU initiatives in Europe and Africa. For more information on the organization, please visit the following websites: http://ehs.unu.edu/vice-rectorate
SCYCLE Programme:
UNU ViE-SCYCLE has been launched on 1 January 2016 succeeding the former UNU-IAS Operating Unit SCYCLE. It is an independent Programme hosted by UNU-ViE in Bonn (Germany). SCYCLE envisions to enable societies to reduce the environmental load from production, use and the disposal of ubiquitous goods and especially electrical and electronic equipment to sustainable levels by means of independent and both comprehensive and practical research providing more thorough fact bases for policy development and decision making. Therefore SCYCLE activities are focused on the development of sustainable production, consumption and disposal patterns for electrical and electronic equipment, as well as other ubiquitous goods. SCYCLE leads the global e-waste discussion and advances sustainable e-waste management strategies based on life-cycle thinking.
http://scycle.vie.unu.edu
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StEP Initiative
Step is an international initiative committed to solving the world’s waste electrical and electronic problem.
Step provides a forum for discussion among its members, and Step members also team up for concrete
project implementation. Step members are drawn from industry, government, NGOs, environmental groups,
and academia. Membership now comprises more than 50 member organisations. Step members contribute
with an annual membership fee to the maintenance of the initiative.
The Step initiative’s Secretariat is based in Bonn, Germany, and is hosted by the UNU-ViE SCYCLE. For more
information, see www.step-initiative.org.
Responsibilities
Under overall authority of the Vice Rector in Europe, the direct supervision of the Head of UNU-ViE SCYCLE
and the Step Supervisory Committee, the StEP Initiative Executive Officer is the chief academic project and
administrative officer of the Initiative and shall have responsibility for the implementation of the agreed-upon
direction, organization, and administration of the Initiative in accordance with UN rules and the general
policies and criteria formulated by the Step members and Supervisory Committee.
The Executive Officer shall among other tasks:
(i) Direct the staff of the Management Board;
(ii) Work out the plan of activities and the budget estimates together with the Supervisory Committee for
consideration and approval by the General Assembly;
(iii) Direct, together with the project managers (including focal area co-leads), the activities connected
with the execution of Step projects;
(iv) Conduct outreach with governments, international organizations, business/industry, NGOs, research
and other key stakeholders to share information about Step and to potentially increase cooperation
and support of Step, e.g. through Step membership;
(v) Serve as administrative and technical lead for any legal agreement between Step (through UNU) and a
Step member;
(vi) Coordinate the research, implementation and training programmes of the Initiative internally and
externally with, e.g. the activities of the United Nations and its agencies with research and
implementation programmes of the world scholarly community and the business and NGO sector;
(vii) Be in regular contact with the Supervisory Committee to seek their inputs and advice to maintain
momentum and giving direction to the advancement of Step in order to ensure a holistic view and
utilise synergies with other related e-waste initiatives and work.
(viii) Actively participate in relevant conferences, stakeholder meetings, etc.
(ix) In cooperation with the Supervisory Committee invite participants to Step General Assemblies and
chair and report to such gatherings.
(x) Initiate awareness and advocacy missions in regions with key potential members
(xi) Improve staff capacity to implement the resource mobilisation action plan
(xii) Engage individually with selected donors, and other stakeholders from e.g. governments, regions,
international organizations and business/industry for acquiring funds based on the funding mapping.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
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  • At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the related area in the international domain;

  • As a minimum, a Master Degree in an social or environmental science, political science or life sciences

  • Excellent spoken and written English. Good knowledge of German is an asset.

  • Several years experience of active participation in international e-waste networks;

  • Experience in planning of work and pro/actively communicate to stakeholders;

  • Result-oriented, self-motivated and “hands-on” with the ability to prioritize work and multitask;

  • Able to work rather independent, but in a nice team environment;

  • Interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;

  • Computer proficiency (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Content Management Systems such as Wordpress and Contao)

  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills

  • Experience in a) secretariat duties, b) strategic planning of initiatives and c) capacity building development

Remuneration & Duration of Contract:
Remuneration will be commensurate with qualification and experience of the successful candidate.
The successful candidate shall work under a part-time Personal Service Agreement (PSA) for a fixed period of 12 months with the possibility of renewal. The combined duration of appointments under a PSA shall not exceed six (6) years.
This is a locally recruited post and no relocation allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor is he/she a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.
Starting Date:
As soon as possible
Application Procedure:
Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail (to hrbonn@vie.unu.edu), and must include the following:

  • A cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;

  • A curriculum vitae and a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form downloadable from the UNU website. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations;

  • An indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2017/UNU/ViE/SCYCLE/ PSA/SIEO/44)

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8)

How to apply:

Application Procedure:
Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail (to hrbonn@vie.unu.edu), and must include the following:

  • A cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;

  • A curriculum vitae and a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form downloadable from the UNU website. Please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations;

  • An indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2017/UNU/ViE/SCYCLE/ PSA/SIEO/44)

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8)